A late Merry Christmas to all Copts and other members of the Orthodox Churches!
The fast of nativity is over and real food is permisable again! A nightmare for digestion, but a feast for eye and palate was on the agenda January 7th.
A very late wish for a happy 2008 as well as well as a wish for a happy 1429 hijri year.
Let´s hope the spirit of Christmas proves conteaugeous throughout 2008, a year , once again predestined to be a year of decision, if one is inclined to believe in the fairy tales of Bush Jr & company, but just as he failed the time frame for a resolution by 2005
when he first announced his intentions to galvanize the world towards peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the White House Rose Garden in June of 2002
, he has a very hard task ahead during this final year of his presidency, the idea of Annapolis is too late, too little, both peace partners are weak, one of them have lost half of his constituency, and is desperate for a resolution. The other is not really that keen on making any concessions at all, and knows that the honest broker in the shape of Bush and Condi is not the ones likely to put any pressure in terms of settlements, Jerusalem or the (nonexistent) right of return. This is at best wishful thinking from an administration that haven´t been blessed with much positive news since ¨God¨ spoke to W and told him what a fine idea it was to ¨Free Iraq¨ before the world discovered that there was a lot of oil, but hardly any weapons of mass destruction in the country. Nevertheless i´m looking forward to see how this progress, and if i´m wrong in the end i´ll be more than happy!
One promising race that runs with time, rather than the Annapolis process above that runs counter to it, is the Race for the Presidency. The candidates looks interesting this year, and i hope the time has come for change. The Democrats seems to have the most interesting candidates, and now when the most knoledgable candidate on foreign policy, Bill Richardson has thrown in his towel, i´m thrilled to say that i could easily live with any of the three top democrats, a ticket with Clinton/Obama or the other way around could actually be a possible winner. But maybe there will be too much bad blood between the two, and then Edwards or Richardson could be the choice in order to win the south.
On the Republican side i could also live with John McCain, eventhough his policy on Iraq is not my coup of tea, Huckabee and Roomey has proven to me, that they are not mature enough for the job, with their remarks on Muslims, which might be winning votes in certain segments of society, but would to me signal a lack of understanding of what America is built upon, and what America needs in the next four years in terms of uniting the country and rebuild bridges abroad, and regain the faith in America that a great many people around the world has lost after 8 years of George W Bush.
The best thing with the coming year politically speaking is that at the end of it , there will be a new President elect, that brings a bit of hope , and some common sense to the White House.
What about 2007 you might ask? well let´s not dwell upon the past
, at least in this blog post!
Happy Christmas and Merry New Year 1429 and 2008!
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